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Admiral Timothy Keating

President Rajapaksa congratulates new Maldivian President

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has felicitated the newly elected President of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Mohamed Nasheed. In a message of congratulations, President Rajapaksa has hailed the new President’s election as a manifestation of the confidence and trust placed in him by his party and the people of the Maldives.

Sri lanka Tourism Minister to visit Iran

Sri Lanka's Tourism Minister, Milinda Moragoda will make an official visit to Iran later this week with a high level team of public sector officials and senior businessmen. Mr Moragoda is visiting Iran as the guest of the Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and President of the Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organisation, Esfandyar Rahim Mashaee. He will also meet other senior ministers and officials during his stay. The Minister has visited Iran on several occasions over the last 18 months as part of an ongoing dialogue with the country. According to reports, "Under President Rajapaksa’s leadership this dialogue has resulted in a significant increase in the number of Iranian tourists to Sri Lanka and people to people contact between the two countries."

Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarians boycott budget speech

Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi also known as Tamil National Alliance boycotted the budget speech delivered by Sri Lanka’s Minister of Finance, who is also the President of the country. Yesterday, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka in his capacity as the Minister of Finance presented his government’s fourth budget in the unicameral Parliament on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. The 12 members of the Tamil National Alliance who were present at the Sri Lankan parliament, walked out and boycotted the budget speech, after the TNA parliamentary group leader R.Sampanthan MP, made a statement in the well of the house, condemning the budget by the Rajapaksa government, which he alleged of allocating a colossal sum of money for committing a genocide on Tamil civilians in the North and East.

With proper care, adolescents with diabetes can lead full and healthy lives

By Amit Dwivedi

Diabetes has a unique impact on the lives of adolescents and requires constant monitoring of blood sugar levels, medication and balancing the effects of food and activity. With careful management by diabetologists, nutritionists, and psychologists, and with support from parents, these young people can lead full and healthy lives. They can participate in sports and compete for jobs as effectively as those adolescents without diabetes.

Government provides regular food supply to IDPS in the un-cleared areas

Sri Lanka Government along with the World Food Program supply food and other essential items needed for the livelihood to Internally Displaced Person in the Vanni. Unfortunately, it is the LTTE which unashamedly grabs the food meant for the people in Vanni. Essential Services Commissioner S.B.Divaratne says government has a responsibility to feed the displaced masses in the un-cleared areas in North. Responding to media he said the government distributes food through the government agents in the respective districts. According to the figures given by the government agents, the World Food Programme and the government allocate required food stocks on a regular basis.

Five Sri Lankan deported from Maldives for engaging in prostitution

Five Sri Lankans were deported from Maldives for engaging in prostitution, the Department of Immigration has said. In addition, 12 other expatriates were also deported after being arrested on various charges. The five Sri Lankans were deported for life and the others were barred from entering Maldives for 10 years, according to a statement issued by the Department of Immigration. According to a statement, there were four women and one man among the Sri Lankans who were deported for prostitution. The statement however did not say in which of the several prostitution busts the five had been arrested.

The new game plan of USA in the offing

By Asif Haroon Raja

Afghanistan can be rated as one of the most resilient and robust country in the world when judged in the back drop of its past record. It had been invaded thrice by the erstwhile super power of its time Great Britain and each time it failed to subjugate it. Former Soviet Union tried its luck and after keeping it under its occupation for ten years it had to disgorge it after suffering a humiliating defeat.

Obama and the conflict in Sri Lanka

By Palitha Senanayake

The Afro- Americans of the United States of America have elected one of their men to the highest position in their country. The Africans or the ‘Blacks’ were brought to the United States as slaves in the 17th century in cargo ships under conditions very much similar to transporting cattle. Once the consignee in the States accepted the delivery of this ‘cargo of slaves’, the age of these slaves were determined by the number of teeth they had (like in horses).

US Pacific Commander hopes Sri Lanka’s LTTE a ‘Decreasingly Important Factor’ soon: US Military aid to achieve that goal

Timothy KeatingDaya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The Head of the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) Admiral Timothy Keating’s last Wednesday (November 5) declaration at a New York foreign press briefing that “We are hopeful that the LTTE would be a decreasingly important factor of much less reach than they are and have been in the past” the assurance comes with a heavy military support, Asian Tribune investigation reveals. As head of the US Pacific Command, with its headquarters in Hawaii, Keating is responsible for the US military operation ranging from Australia and New Zealand to China, Taiwan and Japan to India and Sri Lanka.